A Mathew Perry and Jennifer Aniston instruction video (VHS) for windows 95 *cringe*
The 90s was fun but when I look at the constant entertainment on offer to not just kids but everyone now, it wouldn't be fun if you had to go back.
If you grew up in the 90's facebook didn't exist. If you wanted to know what your friends were doing, you literally had to call them on the phone and ask. It likely wouldn't have been a mobile either unless you were rich or it was '99.
This is what playing video games looked like in the "90s". A young Will Smith playing a Nintendo Entertainment System. (photos were not black and white)
Video games in the 90's were not as fun or addictive as they are now. They were actually extremely basic and tedious to play at times as you would often have to start a level over if your character died and they didn't have save features.
The internet was only in its early stages in the 90s. Most people didn't have it until the very late 90s.
Computers had very small memories and didn't have touch screens or cameras.
Television screens were much smaller than what you are used to now and picture quality was poor (see picture with will smith)
Cars were less fuel efficient and didn't have features like reversing cameras, parking sensors or blind spot indicators. If you needed to park, you actually needed spacial awareness.
Nobody had satelite Navigation. If you needed to get somewhere, you actually needed to be able to read a map.
If you were fat in the 90's you were fat. Curvy or plus size were not words for it then.
Forget iPhones, there weren't even iPod's and for most of the 90's no mp3 players. If you wanted to hear music, you needed to turn on the radio or own the CD or cassette tape.
There was no Netflix. Physical video store for you.
So could you have survived it or bear to go back?
Most Helpful Girl
Born in 1990. So many good 90s memories. But I think I like the transition of living in the 90s for a decade and growing with the times into this new era. I wouldn't change that, but I do think each decade has its own coolness. In many ways, the 90s are kind of symbolic for leaving behind something more basic... I don't know how to explain it. Things seem simpler, in terms of technology and lifestyle, even though the changes were probably well under way before the 2000s.
I'm kind of chubby/chunky, but I'm also half black so it wouldn't have mattered. I'd still be a thick, exotic goddess and confident af.
I disagree - I was more into video games in the 90s, mainly because of my dad. We went to the arcades with his friends, and I loved playing my nintendo, sega genesis, and gameboy games. I was obsessed with superhero games like xmen or spiderman, I loved sonic the hedgehog and tekken, and pokemon was my nerd fantasy.
I'm definitely a child of my generation though. I'm very plugged in. I can redo my childhood in the 90s, but I love modern technology. I can't live without my smartphones or my modern macbook. I could only do it, if I didn't know what I know now. But the 90s were fucking great still.
Most Helpful Guy
I grew up in the 90s and it’s not the doom and gloom you’re making it out to be.
We had books, magazines, comics… everyone had a VCR so you’d tape your favourite shows to watch them over and over again just like people do with Netflix now.
Facebook didn’t exist, but in 1996 ICQ came out and pretty much all my friends had it. Before that, if you had internet access, you had chatrooms, IRC, and email. Before the World Wide Web propagated, your parents might have gotten AOL or CompuServe or similar.
The NES was only gaming at the very beginning of the 90s - the SNES was out in 1991 (and Sonic came out in response), and we saw some of the most exciting leaps in technology during that decade. CD-ROMs, good quality music and sound, full motion video, proper 3D. You read any games mag from the mid 90s and it was all about the exciting new tech coming from Japan. To say that games were extremely basic and tedious means you were playing the wrong games. Many of the most popular franchises today either got started or hit their stride in the 90s. If you owned a computer, even those ‘very small memories’ allowed some of the greatest games of all time to run.
Carrying a tape or CD player with you was pretty much standard, too. Everyone made mix tapes so they’d have a playlist of their favourite songs back to back. Another fun hobby was sitting listening to the radio as you did homework or played on the computer, and quickly hitting the RECORD button on the radio’s tape player when a song you liked came on.
Honestly, you’re making it sound awful because of crap people don’t need like reversing cameras and parking sensors on their cars, or GPS systems, or smaller TVs.